Matilda musical leads with 10 Olivier nominations

Thu Mar 15, 2012 10:39am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters) - "Matilda", a musical based on the children's story by Roald Dahl, garnered 10 nominations -- the maximum for its genre -- at the Olivier Awards, Britain's top theatre prizes, organizers announced on Thursday.

The Royal Shakespeare Company production, which transferred to the Cambridge Theatre in London's West End theatre district, was created by Dennis Kelly and musician and comedian Tim Minchin.

Among its nominations was best actress in a musical which went jointly to all four young performers playing the title role.

Other musical theatre productions with multiple nominations included "Ghost The Musical" at the Piccadilly Theatre which was shortlisted five times and the National Theatre's "London Road" with four nominations.

Among the plays, comedies "The Ladykillers" at the Gielgud and the National Theatre's "One Man, Two Guvnors" earned five nominations each.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony held at the Royal Opera House on April 15 hosted by West End stars Michael Ball and Imelda Staunton.

Following is a list of the main nominations:

Mastercard best new play:

- Collaborators (Cottesloe); Jumpy (Royal Court); The Ladykillers (Gielgud); One Man, Two Guvnors (Lyttelton)   Continued...